Whiplash! What is it?

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a common term used to describe a neck injury caused in many car accidents where the head is forced to move quickly forward and backwards or even  from side to side. This sudden impact damages the ligaments and tendons in the neck which is usually diagnosed as a ‘neck sprain’ since the ligaments are usually overstretched during the sudden jolting of your head and neck.

What are the Symptoms of whiplash?

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of movement
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • In Severe Impact Auto Collision Cases, Symptoms Can Include:

    • Headaches
    • Tingling in the fingers (known as paresthesia)
    • Pain in shoulders, arms and back
    • Sickness
    • Muscle spasms

    whiplash injury

    The most common cause of a whiplash injury is a motor vehicle accident when another vehicle collides with yours.  Due to the force of the impact you will more than likely be jolted in your seat.  Since you are secured in your chair by your seat belt, the most movement will take place in your neck.  A road traffic accident where one car rear ends another is the most common  cause of whiplash.  Whiplash type injuries can also occur during contact sports such as rugby and even from a blow to the head or a fall.

    Preventing the injury:
    As you can expect, preventing whiplash can be next to impossible since it usually involves unpredictable and violent contact.  Obviously, you may not be able to anticipate say a car crash. However, when traveling in your vehicle, you should ensure that you headrests are set up correctly; this will limit your head and neck movement should you experience a collision. – Unfortunately it is still difficult to prevent your head moving sideways in side impacts, and you may incur a whiplash type injury.

    If you have been hurt in an auto accident, call the Atlanta whiplash injury attorneys at The Angell Law Firm today at  770-217-4954 for a free phone consultation.